17 UFOs in 2017

One of the projects I needed to do was a baby quilt for the wife of one of DH Mike’s co-workers. She’s due later this month.

Their nursery theme is baby elephants. Mike didn’t want it pieced, he wanted it to be one piece front and back. If you look close, the front fabric is all elephants, in different colors, and the pattern I quilted is also elephants.

Meanwhile, on the UFO front, I’ve been working on my Roseville Album quilt. I don’t know why, but it’s really slow going. I’m using mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics, with some batiks tossed in for contrast. Rosevilee 3 (2)

I’m linking this up to: https://pomegranateandchintz.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/17ufosin2017-april/

We moved my mother to her new facility today. I’m hoping she will do better than in the last place. Her new roommate seems very nice; her last one had dementia and couldn’t even converse with Mom. Mom became more and more reclusive because of that.

Well, that’s all for now. I do ask for your prayers for Mom.

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Life goes on

My mother is suppposed to move to her new facility this week. I’m very disappointed in the place she’s been for the past 2 years. She’s deteriorated; especially since January of last year.

She’s had her physical, and we’re supposed to take her for an assessment before she can be admitted.

On the quilty side of the house, here’s a Quilt of Valor I recently finished. The blocks are signature blocks from the New Jersey State Fair, mostly done by children to thank soldiers for their service. I had the privilege of quilting it. It will be given to a veteran from one of the wars our service men and women have fought in over the decades.

 

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I’m back!

Yes, I know I missed a week. I have no excuse-I have a reminder on my Outlook calendar. Poof!! Gone.

Last week, I worked on this:halo-medallion-month-1It’s the first block in a BOM (block of the month) project through The Quilt Show, an online community/show that I’m a member of. It’s called Halo Medallion, and new information is released on the first of every month for a year. I thought I did a better job fussy cutting the center, but since the entire thing is paper pieced, I am NOT taking it out.

Here’s my little work area:paper-piecing-messand part of my mess. I’m working on half square triangles now that finish around 1 1/2 inches each.

Went to see Mom; she’s doing pretty good. She says she hates where she’s living, but we’re full. Since the kids came home, and show no signs of moving out, we’re really full.

The nursing home called me today-the doctor wants Mom to go to an ENT because she can’t hear. I reminded the nurse I was speaking to that one of the aides lost Mom’s hearing aid. Many months ago, a girl on staff told me to keep the hearing aid in the med room at night. That way, it was easier to keep track of when Mom had it and when she didn’t. Well, a while back, the aide took the hearing aid and signed it into the med room. Next morning, it was gone. Therefore, they owe my mother a hearing aid! The nurse gave me the direct number of the new administrator, and I left a message. We’ll see if I get a call back. One of the office workers told me she’d help by speaking to the nursing staff.

Tyler was at our place Friday night until Saturday bedtime. He went home early because he had a wrestling match in Pennsylvania yesterday and they had to get an early start.  Anyway, Saturday was a beautiful day! Tyler and I went to the local park-he rode his bike, and I walked behind. He was really good about waiting at corners for me to catch up. 🙂 He couldn’t go on any of the playground equipment; it was still covered in snow! So he did some pushups and ran some of his energy off.

 

I’m back to working on client quilts. Here’s a couple of recent ones:

This first one was made by a friend for her sister. It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but my broken knee put me out of commission for almost 3 months. Marla was very understanding and supportive, and I was able to get it to her in early January. I used a light taupe thread and did an allover pattern called Feathered Curls. It’s one of my favorites, and it looks great.

This one is a hand embroidered top. The client is a friend of one of my regulars, Kathi. Kathi had made one also, and I finished for her last month. They wanted an allover, so I did a pattern called Flurries. If you look at the back, you’ll see  it’s snowflakes. I used a cream thread; white always looks too stark to me.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. Hope all is well in your world. I’m going to get back to my paper piecing-month 3 of the Halo Medallion will be released soon!! Plus, I’m making progress on my 17 UFOs in 2017.

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A not so great day

I’ve always had a problem with paper piecing. I don’t know why; I’ve been told I think backwards already, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I spent most of last week working on a client’s quilt; I finished the binding on Saturday and she picked it up today. I forgot to take a picture so I asked her to take one when she gifts it to her daughter.

I had to pay a ticket today. I didn’t really do anything wrong, except back up in the wrong place.  😦   So I paid my debt to society. I promise never to do it again. <sigh>

Here’s my work table with my paper piecing mess: paper-piecing-messWish me luck!!

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Wow, time can get away from me!

We lost a great quilter and really nice lady a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Sue Garman; she designed several Blocks of the Month for The Quilt Show, as well as many beautiful patterns, especially her applique ones.

She designed one last BOM and it’s going on right now over at TQS. I had already decided to do it, but when Sue passed, that made me feel a sense of urgency.

Ths is my focus fabric. I bought it online from Connecting Threads. Normally I prefer to shop locally, but I need to save money. I have to say I like it. What do you think of my purchase?

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Just another day

Yesterday was my birthday. Not a numerically significant one, but still more sand through the hourglass. You’d think I’d be used to my son’s behavior by now, but he still has the power to hurt me. All I needed from him was a birthday wish, and he didn’t even give me that. DH Mike, DD Keri and I went to Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner; good company and good food. I’m glad we were able to salvage part of the day.

Today is sunny and very, very cold! A good day to stay in and stitch, so that’s what I’m doing.

I finally uploaded some pics of the last  quilts of 2016.

What do you think? I did an allover holly design on the Christmas one, and a geometric allover  on the half log cabin. Both clients were happy, so that makes me happy 🙂

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